It looks like, much to my disgust, Barack Obama will continue on as President of the United States. Never have I felt so dejected to be an American citizen.
For four years, I had hoped my fellow citizens would have had enough of creeping Socialism entering into the country. I had hoped that some of my fellow compatriots would fight for things just a tad more important than the right to sodomy (which everyone can do behind closed doors anyway) or killing babies (which women do with impunity). As it turns out, I was wrong. The American populace are perfectly happy being a servile, sickening group of gluttons who have no idea what hell they will unleash upon themselves. They deserve it. The tragedy is that those who don’t want this will also suffer, and terribly so. God help us all.
With that, it may be good to remind you all to take heart. Barack Obama will be out of office in four years, no matter what. The country will be in tatters, but he will be gone. We can survive him.
I wonder, however, if we can survive a blinded, blinkered, full half of the citizenry so poisoned, ignorant and foul in their political thinking that they would kill any hope of real progress for bread and circuses.
The Editorial Board at National Review is thoroughly against SOPA, PIPA and any other lame piece of trash that blocks creativity and censors the end user. I understand that Anonymous wants to make a point by shutting down and attacking websites, this will end up backfiring on them in the end. The reality is that conservative (not “Conservative,” per se) voters and lawmakers who understand business are going to be more effective in crafting laws that would be far more equitable for everyone. When an educated voting populace learns how business works, good laws protecting copyright will emerge. You need the laws to protect and motivate businesses to grow, including those in the arts. Still, common sense should also be used regarding sharing files, blogging, getting off of the backs of podcasters, and leaving those people who might download an out-of-print album alone. Do I have a problem going after rogue governments who blatantly rob intellectual property? Hell, no I don’t! But I do have a problem not being able to share an out-of-print album of progressive rock or jazz or classical music because some worm at the RIAA insists I’m stealing something from their organization.
Take the time to read National Review’s commentary here.
Unfortunately, Argentina has a long history with fascism, and an act like this should be called for what it is. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President (and, one would presume, wanna-be dictator of the country), doesn’t like Clarín, a newspaper who has rightfully criticized her shoddy leadership. Her husband, the late Néstor Kirchner, was marginally better as a leader, and didn’t have the audacity to pull a stunt like seizing Clarin in a naked display of governmental abuse. It seems Peronism never really went away.